4 Lessons Learned from Hiring a Plumber
As men we like to fix things. Whether we really can or not we like the challenge. It gives us purpose. A reason for breathing.
The other day I decided to take on fixing a wobbly toilet. This is not a task for the feeble-minded. First as a guy getting in and around nether-region splatter is well not my cup of tea. No matter how much of a germaphobe I am. The residue of visitors and guests lingers.
Our house is one of those houses where nothing is as easy as it seems. What should have been just a matter of tightening some screws or maybe adding a shim. Turned into an all day ordeal.
From a broken cast iron flange, failing from age. Then snapping a brittle connecting hose. I was not going to give in easily to this porcelain giant. Hammering and chiseling my way into oblivion. Defeat was not an option, at first.
A couple futile trips to Home Depot and ad-mist frustration. Do I throw in the towel, have I made things worse? Guys don’t ask for directions much less any help. Battered and broken the room a bit more so. Frustrated that I made things worse. Maybe I should have just called the plumber first off I guess.
So I gave in and put up the white flag of surrender. I called in reinforcements and had the experts come out.
When the plumber got to the house I showed him what I felt was signs of an inept handyman. Beyond a couple of slight smirks, he graciously gave me some advice. He said rather than charging me several hundreds of dollars for something I am capable of doing he would rather show me how to complete the project at no charge.
Dumbfounded, I obligingly took his advice. Men don’t usually share much about themselves. This guy not only shared tips of his trade with me. He also showed that there is such a thing as genuinely wanting to help someone. He shared with me that he had worked 30 hours over the past weekend. Yet he took the time to offer free advice.
Lessons Learned from Hiring a Plumber
- It is not always about the job – sometimes we are better served to focus on the person rather than the job. Sometimes this means giving of yourself in lieu of payment.
- Getting broken to be fixed – We have at times to break ourselves or things around us in order to be rebuilt. The rebuilding is only sometimes a physical recreation.
- Guys really do need to just be guys – even men that work desk jobs need to get their hands dirty occasionally. Whether it is being elbow deep in unmentionable filth or just a weekend camping in the wild. Men need to be able to be men.
- Better to try and fail than not try – Countless times I have been out of my depth in a project. Each time I end up this way I learn something new. These teachings are not always the way we would imagine. Then again many learn their lessons from a carpenter, why not a plumber too?
Now its your turn. Have you started a project that turned into something more? Did you call the professional or continue to make a mess of things? Better yet have you ever learned from an unexpected source like I did from my plumber?
About Charles Johnston
Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.